“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau


Chunchiet Ethnic Minority Village – Northeastern Cambodia, Southeast Asia

Banlung is the provincial capitol for the Ratanakiri Province in Cambodia. Located in the northeastern part of the country, bordering both Vietnam to the east and Laos to the north, it is one of the least visited provinces.

This region is the home of the Chunchiet ethnic minority, which comprise just one percent of Cambodia’s population. They practice animism and ancestor worship and are known for their carved images and monuments they make for their deceased at their graves.

I wonder what this little girl saw in me when I photographed her. She was probably wondering what that big, clumsy looking device in my hand was.

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Ratanakiri is situated atop the northeast plateau, bordering Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, Stung Treng to the west and Mondulkiri to the south. A scarcely populated province, Ratanakiri shows considerable promise as an eco-tourism destination with plentiful waterfalls, volcanic lakes, a large national park and a number of waterways, all of which can be explored from the provincial capital of Banlung.

As with Mondulkiri to the south, loggers (legal and illegal) have well and truly had their way with Ratanakiri and while some areas have been protected to some extent -- notably Yak Lom crater lake and Virachey National Park -- the scars of the over-exploitation of lumber can be seen across the province and while driving across the windy, red clay roads, fields of charred tree stumps are visible.

Most travellers who make the effort to reach here tend to stay at least three nights, exploring the waterfalls, minority villages and cemeteries and perhaps ... Read our complete Banlung travel guide

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